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July 7, 2003 // UPDATED 10:57 am - April 30, 2007
By: Ellen Nigon
Ellen Nigon

Book leads to North Loop coffee shop

When Teri Peppe began writing her Minnesota mystery novel, "Critical Mass," the first book in a series "The Marysburg Chronicles," she had no idea she would open a literary coffee shop at Washington Avenue and 3rd Avenue North because of it.

"I wrote the book in a coffee house. I just loved it. I found it was a good place for me to write," Peppe said. "I thought this is the kind of place I would love to spend more time in."

However, Peppe wished her coffee house had more than coffee. "I wished they had other things. I could imagine a place that was very community-focused and event-focused and had a lot of things that were targeted toward creative people and creative minds," she said. "I liked that idea so much I decided to write up a business plan for it."

So this summer, Peppe will open The Marysburg Books Coffee Emporium in North Loop.

"The strange thing was that as I was

writing the book, as sort of an inside joke I did some things that were coffee-related in the book itself," she said. "One of my main characters has kind of a coffee quirk personality -- a real espresso lover."

Peppe's book release will coincide with the store's opening.

Besides coffee, Peppe plans to have open-mike nights, poetry slams and local performing artists as well as tarot card readings and high teas. On Sundays, she will offer two story hours -- "one for the Harry-Potter-aged children and another for the Dr.-Seuss-aged children."

Peppe said she would also have private workstations for writers and a small conference room for neighborhood businesses to hold staff meetings. The coffee shop will not have a full kitchen, but Peppe will sell waffles, soups, sandwiches, chili, gourmet pastries and a few other offerings.